Atlanta is a burgeoning city for movie stars, reality TV divas, singers and sports figures. Not to be left out of the limelight are business professionals from Marietta to Buckhead and Douglasville to Stockbridge. They are a prevailing special class. These professionals never know who they may encounter on a leisurely lunchtime walk through Atlanta’s Centennial Park, but they do know the importance of maintaining that professional look from head to toe wherever they go. While there are some retail chains able to meet the clothing demands of these local professionals, only a few specialty stores can specifically cater to these men and women wanting the comfort, look and feel that will put them a step above the rest.
1198 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Sid Mashburn is in a class all its own. As the Sid Mashburn website states, its “inspiration draws from Gordon Parks and Steve McQueen, from Charlie Feathers to Belle & Sebastian, from the 1971 BMW 3.0CS to the BMW 5 diesel station wagon — a fresh interpretation of old standards.” That’s it in a nutshell. The great thing about this store is that it focuses on more than just the clothing; the focus is on the attitude and the individual as a whole. The desire is to provide security and confidence for the person wearing the clothing. Men visiting will feel as though they have stepped into their second home and are in the midst of professionals seeking to cater only to their needs. It is not just about the clothing; it is about the entire being.
1198 Howell Mill Road
>Atlanta, GA 30318
Complementing Sid is Ann Mashburn, a totally different store with a unique view on women’s business and casual clothing. Classic khaki herringbone pencil skirts are on sale for $97.50 and well worth the purchase. Corduroy shirt dresses ($132.50) and lovely double-breasted sweaters are currently selling for $122.50 with matching knit pants. Ann Mashburn puts the comfort in classic with its knit cardigans, tees and tanks (staples in a woman’s wardrobe). Although $175 per pair, the comfy ballet flats come in a variety of colors. A favorite among many, the Lucchese riding boots at $900 are definitely an investment.
882 Rock Quarry Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Retail Therapy, located in Stockbridge, is an eclectic mix of women’s clothing, featuring top brands such as Jones New York and Evan Piccone, without the extreme prices. Located in a neat, quiet area in the city (one could almost miss it if not looking), this store caters to women who seek to maintain the look of high-class clothing while still being able to keep a bit of money in their pocketbooks. Items include accessories such as scarves, shoes and purses. Clothing includes dresses, pants, tops, blazers and even little knick-knacks for the home. Women can find complete clothing ensembles or matching pieces to complete the wardrobe they already have in their closets. Retail Therapy is the perfect name for this boutique adventure.
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346
H. Stockton’s slogan states, “Timeless, always new.” The store runs the gamut from the underwear to the belt, buckles, dress shirts, pants and shoes. Classic shirts with French cuffs, the Eton and H. Stockton collections appear to be favorites among many different styles. The shoes are impeccably crafted and detailed, available in suedes and soft leathers. Prices are for the adventurous with a Bobby Jones long sleeve, three button front, pima cotton knit top starting at $98.50. Ladies will find equally priced and comfortably fitting clothing in denim pencil skirts, soft v-neck tops and print dresses, starting at $78 and climbing from there.
3340 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
Guffey’s is definitely a treat for men with eclectic styles. Founded over 40 years ago, the company seeks to combine technology, quality and service to meet the needs of its clientele. The items of dress and casual clothing are available either in stock or can be custom ordered. Clients can choose from over 25,000 fine fabrics from various mills in the world. Clothing is perfect for the person wanting a style all their own. Guffey’s offers the best in texture, variety of color and unique styles. Master tailors are on site that have been with the store for years and understand the various needs and wants of the company’s clientele. Men’s clothing includes Bills Khakis, Alden of New England, Allen Edmonds, Dormeuil and Hickey Freeman, to name just a few. While stylish and comfortable, this collection of clothing is definitely for the bold man desiring to make a statement.
Sarina Nachelle Fields is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.